A Texas woman has a solution for any pro-choice activists who have ever fantasized about doing harm to the state's anti-abortion Gov. Rick Perry (R).
The Houston Press reports that Michelle Sinched is selling voodoo dolls of Perry's likeness, who she calls "Governor Goodhair," for a minimum of $25 a pop. The budget model is a casual doll wearing a T-shirt with a coat hanger, while $30 purchases a more formal, suited version of the Republican. Sinched plans to donate all of her proceeds to Planned Parenthood.
"What's better than sticking pins in Gov. Goodhair or burning him at your own doll sized stake?" Sinched told the Press. "No one ever wants to face the abortion choice but it happens. I believe no one has the right to make that choice but the woman it affects."
Perry's support for a highly restrictive anti-abortion bill drew the ire of thousands of Texans who led a weeks-long protest movement in Austin to resist the bill's passage. State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) became a liberal hero when she launched an hours-long filibuster against the bill and stalled its passage. Perry later called lawmakers back to a special session, however, and over the weekend the Legislature passed the bill in a contentious vote.
Although Sinched said the dolls would be useful for sticking metaphorical pins into Perry, the doll could presumably have political uses, like preventing Perry from running for office. Perry announced earlier this month that he will not seek reelection after being in office since December 2000, when he succeeded then-Gov. George W. Bush (R). Reports indicate, however, that he's considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 after a failed run for the White House in 2012.